In honour of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Government of Ontario is pleased to invite you to attend the annual Opportunity Locks 2020: Quantum Computing and the Evolving Cybersecurity Threat event.

The event will be an excellent opportunity to network virtually with peers, meet some of the icons from the quantum technology and cybersecurity industries and learn from Ontario's leading quantum experts about how quantum will change cybersecurity in the future. You will also learn about early-stage innovations in the field and what the industry is doing to become quantum-ready.


9:00 A.M.

Opening Remarks

Trevor Dauphinee, Assistant Deputy Minister, Industry and Sector Strategy Division, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Government of Ontario

9:05 A.M.

Keynote Speech

The Quantum Impact on Cybersecurity

Dr. Michele Mosca, Co-Founder and CEO, evolutionQ

Quantum computing represents a complete shift in approach from that of traditional computing. The technology will enable industries to solve mainstream business problems at speeds once thought impossible. Simultaneously, quantum computing introduces its own set of challenges by introducing new ones we haven't seen before. Dr. Mosca has made significant contributions to the theory and practice of quantum information processing and quantum cryptography. He and his collaborators have developed fundamental methods for performing reliable computations with untrusted quantum apparatus while using optimal encrypting quantum information methods. Dr. Mosca will deliver a lively keynote on the topic of "The Quantum Impact on Cybersecurity," using real-world examples of how he and his team are working to solve potential risks related to quantum processing.

9:20 A.M.

Industry Leaders Panel

The Evolution of Cybersecurity in the Age of Quantum

Moderator: Brian O'Higgins, Chairman, Quantum-Safe Canada

The quantum threat to cybersecurity can be mitigated by deploying new cryptographic tools that are believed or known to be resistant to quantum attacks. Nonetheless, the transition to quantum-safe cryptography is a challenge itself, as it requires the development and deployment of hardware and software solutions, the establishment of standards, the migration of legacy systems, and more. Our panel members will examine and explore how to turn these challenges into quantum opportunities.

  • Mike Brown, Founder, CTO and Co-Founder, ISARA Corporation
  • Bruno Couillard, President and CEO, Crypto4A Technologies, Inc.
  • Mary Horrigan, Senior Security Architect, 2Keys Corporation
  • Dr. Vladimir Soukharev, Principal Cryptographic Technologist & Chief Post-Quantum Researcher, Infosec Global Canada

10:20 A.M.


Innovative Approaches to Cybersecurity in the Quantum Age

Deborah Clark-Forster, Senior Advisor, Industry and Sector Strategy Division, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

10:30 A.M.

Closing Remarks

Speaker Bios

Mike Brown

CTO and Co-Founder, ISARA Corporation

Mike Brown is focused on the technical vision and direction for ISARA Corporation. The company envisions a world where consumers, enterprises, and governments can benefit from quantum computing power with protection against quantum attacks. Before ISARA, Mike was the Vice President of Security Product Management and Research at BlackBerry, where he was responsible for the vision and execution of security for all BlackBerry products. Mike has spoken at global security events, including RSA, GTEC, Bloomberg, and InfoSec Europe. He holds a Masters of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, focusing on cryptography.

Bruno Couillard

President & CEO, Crypto4A Technologies, Inc.

Bruno Couillard has over 30 years of experience in cybersecurity, with a focus on cryptography, key management and quantum technology. His company, Crypto4A, provides enterprise, cloud providers, mobile applications, and IoT developers next-generation security to keep the digital keys and their machine identities that run commerce, banking, payments, logistics, and the entire digital economy safe from cybercriminals and nation-state attackers. Bruno previously led the Luna hardware security module (HSM) development as the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Chrysalis-ITS, now part of Gemalto/Thales. He also led the security evaluation of multiple high assurance military security products and has been involved with the Canadian Cryptographic Modernization Program since its inception.

Trevor Dauphinee

Assistant Deputy Minister, Industry and Sector Strategy Division, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade,Government of Ontario

Trevor Dauphinee is Assistant Deputy Minister for the Industry and Sector Strategy Division, responsible for leading a high-performance team focused on building and maintaining relationships with multinational and high-growth Ontario firms to encourage business retention and expansion while ultimately bringing more investment to the province.

Mary Horrigan

Senior Security Architect, 2Keys / Interac

Mary Horrigan has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. from the University of St. Michael's College. Her professional certifications include CISA, CISSP, and CISM. After graduation, Mary moved into a software development role with I.P. Sharp Associates Ltd., then into a faculty position in the Physical Sciences Division of the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. After several years of teaching, she then joined Scotiabank, eventually transferring to Cryptographic Services. Mary is a founding member of the Canadian Financial Institution Quantum Working Group, which has been preparing for the advent of quantum computers since 2015. Mary recently retired from Scotiabank and joined 2Keys / Interac, where she continues to provide consulting on cryptographic solutions.

Dr. Michele Mosca

Co-Founder and CEO, evolutionQ; Founder, Institute for Quantum Computing; Professor, Department of Combinatorics & Optimization, University of Waterloo; and Founding Member, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Dr. Michele Mosca is globally recognized for his drive to help academia, industry, and government prepare our cyber systems for the coming era of quantum computing. He co-founded evolutionQ Inc. to provide products and services that enable organizations to evolve their quantum-vulnerable systems and practices to quantum-safe ones. He was a founder of the ETSI-IQC workshop series in Quantum-Safe Cryptography. He is co-founder and director of Quantum-Safe Canada and a board member of Quantum Industry Canada. Dr. Mosca's awards and honours include Fellow of the Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications (since 2000), 2010 Canada's Top 40 Under 40, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), SJU Fr. Norm Choate Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), and a Knighthood (Cavaliere) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2018).

Brian O’Higgins

Chairman, Quantum-Safe Canada

Brian O'Higgins has over 30 years of experience as a security technology development leader—possibly known best for his role pioneering PKI (public key infrastructure)— and as the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Entrust, a leading Internet Security Company. He was also a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Third Brigade, an enterprise security company acquired by Trend Micro in 2009. Brian's approach to security is both visionary and pragmatic. He is a frequent presenter at security and industry events worldwide, and a founding author and contributor to the Cloud Security Alliance. He is often sought out as an industry expert by the press to comment on current events related to cybersecurity. Brian's current list of affiliations includes advisory board positions with Defence R&D Canada, the Ontario Centers of Excellence, and as an Executive Fellow with the Mistral Venture Partners fund. He also serves on the board of Directors for Fischer International and Identos and is an advisor for Streamworx, Crypto 4A, APX, Zighra, Infosec Global and Bluink. Brian is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Canada.

Dr. Vladimir Soukharev

Principal Cryptographic Technologist & Chief Post-Quantum Researcher, InfoSec Globa

Dr. Vladimir Soukharev is the Principal Cryptographic Technologist & Chief Post-Quantum Researcher at InfoSec Global. In this position, he is leading innovations and optimizations in modern cryptography. He is also conducting post-quantum cryptographic research and influencing and contributing to product development. Dr. Soukharev is actively working with NIST on new post-quantum standards and was part of the Centre of Applied Cryptographic Research and CryptoWorks21. Dr. Soukharev received his Ph.D. in Cryptography, Security and Privacy from David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and has dedicated his career to advancing the knowledge and application of advanced cryptography and cybersecurity technologies to protect vital information and communications.

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Advanced Technologies Branch

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